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Dr Stephen Finnegan BSc, MRes, PhD, CSci, CEnv, CMILT, PGCertHE, FHEA, MIHT, MIEnvSci

Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture Architecture

Research

Zero Carbon Developments

The aim of the project is to develop a framework for Knowsley Safari Park (KSP) to enable them to develop the World’s First Zero Carbon Safari. The framework and process will then be shared amongst other safari parks to help demonstrate the process and actions required.

The objectives are:
• Assist KSP in creating the World’s First Zero Carbon Safari Park
• Create a new framework and model that can be used by KSP
• Develop workable solutions that meet the triple bottom line approach and are “economic, social and environmental” in nature

The project will be unique as safari parks at present do not have a framework and/or process to follow to enable them to become Zero Carbon in a cost effective manner. Moreover the work will combine skills in energy, sustainability, architecture, engineering and economics. https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/

Location: Knowsley Safari

Zero Carbon Prefabricated Homes of the future

The aim of the project is to develop a new model for Urban Splash (US) to cost effectively develop future zero carbon prefabricated housing. At present the true life cycle environmental impact of their new prefabricated housing developing (termed hoUSe) has not been assessed and once complete this can help inform future decision making on new developments.

The objectives are:
• Assist US in assessing the true holistic environmental impact of hoUSe.
• Assist US in creating truly zero carbon cost effective developments
• Create a new framework and model that can be used by the US design team
• Develop workable solutions that meet the triple bottom line approach and are “economic, social and environmental” in naturehttps://www.housebyurbansplash.co.uk/irwell-riverside/

Location: Manchester

Gas Free Modular Homes

The aim of this PhD project is to test the whole life impact of a new type of gas free, 100% electric, Structurally Insulated Panel System (SIPS).

The objectives are to:
• Monitor temperature, relative humidity and energy
• Model the building and assess all solutions
• Test in theory and reality the latest Solar PV and battery storage options
• Consider optimal strategy and cost effective solutions.

Location, Hewsall, Wirral